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Abby Dahlkemper Manchester City Debut a Success

City USWNT star, made great debut over the weekend.

Manchester City Women v West Ham United Women - Barclays FA Women’s Super League Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

What a debut for Abby Dahlkemper.

The World Cup winner wore the Manchester CIty kit for the first time in the conclusive win over West Ham United, keeping a clean sheet at the center of defence in a 4-0 victory.

Dahlkemper arrived in Manchester earlier this week, having joined the Club earlier this month.

After her solid debut, the United States star says she has been delighted with her ‘time so far in Greater Manchester.

Let’s see what she said-

“It was exciting to be able to take the field with my teammates and to represent City for the first time,” she smiled. “It was special.

“To get a 4-0 win and keep a clean sheet was a dream come true. I’m excited about that and I’m looking forward to more.

“It was seamless. Sunday was a credit to the girls on the team – they were so welcoming. I felt comfortable and that’s a good thing.

“I’ve been here a week. The city – from what I’ve seen – has been so cute and so cool – and the girls in the team have been amazing. They’ve been so welcoming and have really made my transition so easy.

“It’s been great. The facility is world-class, amazing with everything you need. The fields are amazing too. I’m loving it.

“I’m really happy to be here. I’m learning a lot and I’m excited. I’m really excited to continue to work with the team and when it’s safe, I can explore the city as well.

“We can just continue to build on that performance. I want to help in whatever way I can and I will.”

“We’ve been together for more than 10 years,” she explained. “She’s one of my best friends.

“Being reunited with her has been awesome. To be able to see her grow as a person and player has been really inspiring. We’ve been there for each other through the ups and downs so it’s special to continue that journey with her.

“Ultimately, [the move] was 100% up to me but they’ve said nothing but good things [about the Club]. That definitely helped.

“Having world class facilities – gym access, recovery tools, the fields all there – is something that’s really exciting.

“You’re able to be pro footballer and have that be your main focus. It’s really cool to experience that: living in a different country and to experience new things.

“The talent of the team here is unbelievable – it’s a team of top international talent – and I know I’m going to get better. I’m excited for the challenge to grow.

“The way City play, the goalkeeper and the centre-backs are setting a lot of the play. That was attractive to me.

“The value of possession was different from what I was used to. It’s looking at a new way of playing, new opportunities, playing with different players, who are top-class.

“There is definitely a winning mentality here. You need to have a winning mentality to have success as a team. This team wants to do big things.

I do believe she will be an incredibly important addition as City look to compete for the WSL and the UCL titles. She has already proved a bedrock in defesne and can only get better. Bright things ahead for the Manchester City women.